About

Max KautschMax Kautsch, licensed to practice law in both Kansas and Nebraska, focuses his practice on First Amendment rights and open government law.  He helps news media and members of the public assert rights of access to court proceedings, court records, and government agency documents. He serves as the legal hotline attorney for the Kansas Press Association (KPA) and the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB), sits on the board of directors of the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, and is an adjunct professor at the University Kansas School of Law.  In January 2021, Kautsch began working as hotline counsel to both the Nebraska Press Association (NPA) and the Nebraska Broadcasters Association (NBA).  Kautsch also owns Dark State Media, LLC, which he formed to help educate the public about open government issues in Kansas at darkstatemedia.com.

Kautsch, a Lawrence native, received his law degree from the Washburn University School of Law in 2003, after earning an undergraduate degree in 2000 with honors in English Literature from the University of Kansas.  He has been a licensed member of the Kansas bar since 2003, and has been admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Kansas.  His previous areas of practice included criminal defense and landlord/tenant law.

Kautsch Law, LLC services include:

  • litigating on behalf of the news media to access to public documents wrongly sealed in court proceedings
  • assisting members of the public and the press obtain documents wrongly sealed from view by government agencies
  • advising news media outlets regarding current or potential defamation claims
  • making requests and litigating inadequate responses under state open records laws
  • providing Continuing Legal Education programs regarding the state of First Amendment law
  • arguing and briefing appellate matters as amicus curiae
  • copyrighting creative works
  • drafting producer license agreements